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Participatory Mapping in Informal Settlements: An Instrument for Empowerment, or Exclusion? Reflections from Three Cities in South Africa and India

2014/07 – European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI); Authors: Catherine Sutherland et al.

The extensive literature on community based mapping argues that both the processes and products of co-produced spatial knowledge are supportive of more inclusive development (Hordijk, 1999; Chambers, 2006; Elwood, 2006; Rambaldi et al, 2006). Participatory mapping changes access to and ownership of information (Elwood, 2006), it fosters learning and engagement between ‘experts’ and communities, it can build community cohesion (Hordijk, 1999) but it can also lead to conflict and exclusion (Chambers, 2006; Elwood, 2006).

The power of community based maps in changing development outcomes, and the conditions under which these maps are empowering or exclusionary requires further research. This paper reflects on participatory mapping processes in three cities namely Durban, Cape Town and Delhi where community ‘mapping’ has achieved different outcomes.
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North-South Research Partnership. Academia Meets Development?

2014/06 - European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI); Authors: Gilles Carbonnier and Tiina Kontinen


The development research landscape is evolving fast. The analytical relevance of traditional dichotomies between ‘developing’ and ‘industrialized’, or between North and South, is waning. Our capacity to conduct relevant research on climate change, migration, global health and other global issues depends ever more on northern and southern institutions joining forces in equitable, effective research partnerships. Novel approaches are required to deal with asymmetric power relations and promote more balanced alliances. This working paper examines recent experiences in North-South research partnerships, identifying worst and best practices.


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Bringing Policy Coherence for Development into the post-2015 Agenda – Challenges and Prospects.

2014/06 - European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM); Author: Anna Knoll 

The underlying ideas and principles of the concept of ‘Policy Coherence for Development’ are relevant for post-2015 discussions. Yet, conceptual and political challenges exist when promoting the PCD concept as developed in the OECD and the EU as a universal concept in the global discussions. 

Various of the ideas and principles of PCD can be mainstreamed in the post-2015 framework without using strong PCD jargon. These include i) targets for Means of Implementation in thematic areas that effectively require strengthened PCD efforts, ii) targets in relation to capacity building for more integrated and evidence-based policy-making and iii) efforts to build a strong accountability framework. 

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